Reedley College football defeats COS in home thriller

Tigers build big early lead, hang on for 24-17 victory over College of the Sequoias on Oct. 21

Reedley College football players are put through stretching drills prior to the Tigers’ intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 12 at the RC practice field. (Danny Jimenez)
Will Goldbeck
Published October 23, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – Make it six straight victories for the Reedley College Tigers football team.

Reedley improved to 2-0 in the National Valley Division with a 24-17 victory over College of the Sequoias Giants in Reedley on Saturday, Oct. 21.

This Saturday, Oct. 28, the state’s ninth-ranked Tigers host the Modesto Junior College Pirates in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Sal Gonzalez Field.

The Tigers join Fresno City and Modesto with 2-0 records in conference play. Reedley’s only loss came in overtime to Sierra College on Sept. 16.

Like the week before, Reedley led from start to finish. Quarterback DJ Stevenson ran for a touchdown and passed for another. The Tigers took the lead on a Jayden Evangelho 31-yard field goal with a little more  than five minutes  remaining in the opening quarter and led from there. Nick 0sho scored from 30 yards out to make it 10-0.

Stevenson scored on a 4-yard run in the closing seconds of the half as the Tigers held a 17-3 lead at the break. The Giants closed within a touchdown in the third before Stevenson hooked up with C’ontae Cason on a 40-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter.

COS narrowed the deficit to a touchdown with just under two minutes remaining on a 24-yard pass from AJ Dixon to Reilly Garcia. But the Tigers were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.

For the second straight game, the Tigers were outgained 334-297. Soho finished with 85 yards in 12 carries. Stevenson completed 15 of 19 passes for 209 yards.

Modesto rolled up 30 first downs and 541 total yards in a 49-28 win over Contra Costa this past weekend. Kimono  Stanley finished with 88 yards and five touchdowns in the win. His long gain was only 10 yards. Teammate Joey Stark added 117 yards on just four carries with a long of 36.

Women’s soccer on track for postseason berth

Last year, a fourth place finish in conference was good enough to get the Reedley College Tigers into the Northern California playoffs.

At this writing, the Lady Tigers are in fourth place, going into an Oct. 24 match at 9-1 Clovis Community College. Reedley is tied with College of the Sequoias for fourth place at 6-4-1. The  Tigers host Fresno City on Friday, Nov. 3 and Madera a week later Nov. 10 to end the regular season. The Tigers may record a forfeit win at Porterville on Oct. 31.

Last week, the Tigers dropped two matches; falling at Merced 1-0 on Oct. 17 and to Sequoias 3-2 on 0ct. 20.

Reedley is tied for 20th in the latest state rankings.

A goal in the 20th minute made the difference in the loss to Merced while Dinuba High products Diana Rico and Krysta Casas scored in the loss to COS.

Tigers’ volleyball team falls to 3-16 with pair of losses

With two more losses last week, the Reedley College women’s volleyball team fell to 3-16 on the season.

Reedley fell to Central Valley Conference leader Fresno City in three games on Friday, Oct. 20 in Reedley. Two nights earlier, Reedley dropped a 3-0 at West Hills Coalinga. Set scores against the Rams were 25-11, 25-7, 25-9 while Reedley was on the short end of a 25-13, 25-9, 25-6 decision with West Hills. No statistics were available.

This coming week-plus, the Tigers host two teams they have beaten before in West Hills Lemoore on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Columbia at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 before going to  College of the Sequoias on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor